Article 48. Port Districts of California Public Contract Code >> Division 2. >> Part 3. >> Chapter 1. >> Article 48.
The provisions of this article shall apply to contracts by
port districts as provided in Part 4 (commencing with Section 6200)
of Division 8 of the Harbors and Navigation Code.
Contracts for the doing of new construction work, the cost
of which exceeds ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or the purchasing of
supplies, the cost of which exceeds twenty-five thousand dollars
($25,000), or projects involving maintenance of buildings and
improvements, the cost of which exceeds ten thousand dollars
($10,000), shall be let by the board upon competitive bidding.
Notice of the proposed letting of contract shall be given by
publication pursuant to Section 6061 of the Government Code in the
county in which the district is located, at least five days before
the time fixed for opening bids. Bidding shall be by sealed proposals
filed with the district, upon forms furnished by it, and under such
rules and regulations as the board may prescribe. All bids shall be
publicly opened and declared under procedures established by the
board, and the award of the contract shall be made in open session of
the board to the lowest and best responsible bidder.
In case of an emergency, the board may, by resolution
passed by a four-fifths vote of all of its members, declare and
determine that public interest and necessity demand the immediate
expenditure of public money to safeguard life, health, or property,
and thereupon proceed to expend any sum or enter into a contract
involving the expenditure of any sum needed in the emergency without
observance of the provisions requiring contracts, bids, or notice. If
notice for bid to let contracts will not be given, the board shall
also comply with Chapter 2.5 (commencing with Section 22050).
Notwithstanding Section 20751, the board of the Ventura
Port District may award a contract for the performance of dredging
work within the district's boundaries without competitive bidding,
provided that both of the following apply:
(a) The dredging contractor was selected through a federal
competitive bidding process for a federal dredging project then
underway in the County of Ventura.
(b) The board makes written findings, based on substantial
evidence in the record, that the contract awarded pursuant to this
section is likely to cost less than a contract awarded pursuant to
Notwithstanding Section 20751, all bids for construction
work shall be presented under sealed cover and shall be accompanied
by one of the following forms of bidder's security:
(b) A cashier's check made payable to the district.
(c) A certified check made payable to the district.
(d) A bidder's bond executed by an admitted surety insurer, made
payable to the district.
Upon an award to the lowest bidder, the security of an
unsuccessful bidder shall be returned in a reasonable period of time,
but in no event shall that security be held by the district beyond
60 days from the time the award is made.
The board may delegate to its officers the execution of
contracts in which the amount involved is less than twenty-five
thousand dollars ($25,000).